REMEMBRANCES

I have to remember you for longer than I knew you.

I have to remember you for longer than I knew you.
It’s incredible how heavy your absence weighs on my chest. Some days, it truly takes effort just to breathe.
You had so much life. You had a smile that was contagious and lit up a room. Your arm around everyone’s necks while you were laughing and telling jokes to the simplest knock on the door for a hug, because you were cutting a lawn in the neighborhood. I miss you so much…You should be here!!

Never Not Remember You
Song by Cooper Alan
I know you’re up in heaven
But damn it hurts like hell
‘Cause I’d just be pretending
If I said anything else
And I know God don’t make mistakes
But this sure feels like one
That won’t change the facts
That won’t bring you back
So I’ll cry ’cause it’s over
And smile because we had you
Packed a whole lot of living
Even though it ended all too soon
And in time, I’ll start healing
But even when I get that feeling
No matter where I go or what I do
I’ll never not remember you
Thank God for all the memories
And pictures on my phone
They don’t fill the empty
But I feel less alone
And I know you’re with the angels
Right where you belong
‘Cause you were one to us
You left a legacy of love
So I’ll cry ’cause it’s over
And smile because we had you
Packed a whole lot of living
Even though it ended all too soon
And in time, I’ll start healing
But even when I get that feeling
No matter where I go or what I do
I’ll never not remember you
You lighting up a whole room like that
You made us think, made us feel, made us all laugh
You always giving that shirt off your back
I miss you bad, I miss you bad
So I’ll cry ’cause it’s over
Smile because we had you
Packed a whole lot of living
Even though it ended all too soon
And in time, I’ll start healing
But even when I get that feeling
No matter where I go or what I do
I’ll never not remember you
Oh, I promise you
I’ll never not remember you

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